Articles

Welcome to Our New Website

We're excited to share with you our new look along with some additions to our website. Each month we will be featuring essays on the craft of making audio fiction. We're launching with the amazing insights from Love Me producers Cristal Duhaime and Mira Burt-Wintonick about how the familiar can enhance your creativity. And get ready for upcoming essays from Jonathan Mitchell of The Truth, James Urbaniak from Getting on With James Urbaniak, and many others. A very special thanks to the Panoply Network for their generous contribution that made these essays possible.

We are also adding reviews of fiction podcasts from around the world. Our hope is that we can expand the critical discourse about radio dramas and shed light on some of the most innovative and interesting work.

We're doing all of this as we continue to spark creativity with our Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Contest, and feature amazing fiction on our Serendipity podcast. Out goal is to be a space that both celebrates and inspires creative people to share their voices and play with audio fiction. We hope you will join us--because this revolution will not be televised.

 

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Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Finalists (Part 1)

Serendipity Ep 17:

Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Finalists (Part 1)

In this episode of Serendipity, we play 5 of the 10 finalists for our 2016 Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Contest. Featuring: "Bitterly Cold" by David Garland, "The Staging Area" by Jason Gots, "Noir" by Pa Ying Vang, "#blessed" by Jackie Heltz, and "Blinking" by La Cosa Preziosa. Read More

Towards a Poetics of Audio: The Importance of Criticism

Essays

Towards a Poetics of Audio: The Importance of Criticism

It is an exciting time for audio. The tumultuous growth of podcasting and the concomitant development of digital channels, multiple platforms, and user-driven content has not only expanded and re-energized the form, but forced public radio to loosen its stays and let down its hair.Where once we might have talked of “the system” or “the industry,” we can now confidently say we are part of “a culture.” But—we are missing two important components of a vital culture: a critical language, and with it, a critical practice. The language should be expressly designed to describe our forms, tropes, and themes, but with reference to the larger culture and world of ideas. And the practice should be constant, robust, and open, with critical tools wielded to help us better understand our work, and ourselves, and to help our public to better understand us as artists. Read More

Getting On with James Urbaniak

Reviews

Getting On with James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak is the kind of podcaster that other producers love to hate. His show, Getting On with James Urbaniak, consists of nothing but a single voice reading a fictional soliloquy, often written by someone else. There is almost no elaborate soundscaping, no intricate plot development, little evidence of endless editing sessions to get the thing just right. Getting On sounds like Urbaniak cruised into the studio, an iced latte in hand, and finished recording before his drink grew tepid. None of this would be infuriating if the podcast in question wasn’t so good. Read More